Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge Kayak/Beachcomb
The freshwater marshes that edge the Salinas River provide habitat for an array of migratory birds.
We'll kayak the river's gentle flow and land on the sheltered dunes of the
Pacific Ocean for an afternoon of beach combing. Great for families, beginners and birders!
9:30am - 3:30pm $75
Dear Sea Kayakers:
I would like to welcome you to our kayaking adventure in Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge. We will have a leisurely day exploring this biologically diverse riparian corridor that includes an opportunity for both marsh and beach exploration. Migratory birds are frequent visitors to The Salinas River making it a hot spot among local bird enthusiast. Landing on the protected eastern side of the coastal dune system, we may walk across the dunes for lunch and enjoy a spectacular stretch of beach that rarely has many human visitors.
To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $75 per adult or $60 per child (ages 10 and older) made payable to Blue Water Ventures to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. If paying by check or via pay pal, refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 14 days in advance of trip date.
Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received and in the order that we receive them.
You may also pay for the trip using a Card Credit via Pay Pal. Please visit our Payment Center for instructions.
Plan on meeting at the Salinas River (see directions below) at 9:30am. We will be using double sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use. No previous kayaking experience is necessary.
As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate.
* Long pants or shorts- sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and are not recommended.
* Wind breaker or paddling jacket
* Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat.
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle
* Lunch in a compact lunch bag or ziploc--take in boat with you
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well.
* Small, compact daypack (optional)
* Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car
That covers the logistics for your day on the Salinas River. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather ( high winds or rain; not light mist or fog). Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our adventure together!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
DIRECTIONS TO SALINAS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
FROM SANTA CRUZ
* TAKE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH TOWARDS MONTEREY PASSING OVER THE ELKHORN SLOUGH BRIDGE/MOSS LANDING HARBOR
* ONE MILE SOUTH OF JUNCTION 156 IN CASTROVILLE TAKE THE NASHUA ROAD EXIT CROSSING OVER HIGHWAY 1 (EAST).
* TAKE THE FIRST RIGHT ONTO MONTE ROAD (SOUTH) JUST BEFORE REACHING THE RAILROAD TRACKS, THEN FOLLOW IT FOR 1/2 MILE TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SALNIAS RIVER BRIDGE .
* LOOK FOR THE SMALL TRAILER COURT ON THE LEFT BEFORE YOU CROSS THE BRIDGE. TAKE THE DIRT ROAD THAT SKIRTS ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAILER COURT AND FOLLOW DOWN TO THE SMALL LAUNCH AREA UNDERNEATH THE RAILROAD BRIDGE.
* SINCE THERE ARE NO FACILITIES, WE SUGGEST YOU MAKE A STOP AT THE PUBLIC BATHROOM AT NORTH MOSS LANDING HARBOR LAUNCH AREA ENROUTE.
KIM CAN BE REACHED ON HER CELL PHONE AT: 831 345 2417